This is a guide to running Linux with the Acer Ferrari 5000 laptop.
This guide is intended to provide you details on how well this laptop works with Linux and which modules you need to configure. For details on how to actually install and configure the required modules have a look at our guides section for distribution specific instructions.
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|Name||Acer Ferrari 5000|
|Processor||AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-60 2.0GHz|
|Screen||15.4“ WSXGA+ Widescreen|
|Graphics||ATI Mobility Radeon X1600|
|Network||Ethernet, Atheros 802.11abg, Bluetooth|
|56K Modem||Not Tested|
|Card Reader||Not Tested|
The ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 is supported by most current Linux distributions for 2D modes. If you want to take advantage of its 3D capabilities you will need to install the proprietary fglrx module. See the guides section here for details on how to do this.
The wireless controller uses the Madwifi module. Many Linux distributions include this as standard however see our guides section for details about other distributions.
Unlike most AMD based laptops this one uses the Atheros wireless controller rather than a Broadcom based one, this make wireless support on Linux much better. If you select a Linux distribution which includes the Madwifi module as standard you will have no problem with the Acer Ferrari 5000.